Nickel City Splash Masters Swim Team

News! (including upcoming changes to practice schedule):

  • Please see the Google calendar above for the practice schedule for winter break. The regular schedule will resume on January 2nd. Alumni Arena is closed from December 24th through January 1st. Note that the next Saturday Morning Coffee Social is scheduled for December 22.

Nickel City is hosting a meet as a way to support our Masters Swim Team.

Our goals are to:

  • Keep cost of membership down
  • Build a fund to help us pay for pool space at alternate facilities when necessary
  • Offer low cost adult learn to swim lessons to our community

Please consider swimming, volunteering, or donating in any way that you can.

The best way to support a swim meet is to swim.
Swim meets are a fun way to challenge yourself and to participate in a fun event. We have event swag bags, caps and t-shirts available as well as some fun edible chocolate medals for every age group. Masters swimmers are competitive but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Let’s have fun while we compete!

Masters swimming is about encouraging adults to swim and enjoy their health and fitness through the sport of swimming. We have special awards at our meet for Swimmers Who Inspire Others and Swimmers Who Travel.

Don’t come to the pool alone! please consider asking your dry family to come to the pool and help your swimming family on Sunday January 20th we need as many volunteers as we can! Places we will need help with:

  • Bake Sale - Bakers
  • Bake Sale - Judges - award for best cookie and best swim meet snack
  • Registration Table (8:00 AM)
  • Timers
  • Apparel Sale and 50/50 Raffle “Chuck a Duck”
  • Awards Table

Please sign up on pool deck where you can help or email moc.liamg|rohsabidnarb#moc.liamg|rohsabidnarb.

Lastly, advertising and donations to help offset costs are always welcome. And please consider swimming - even one event can be a fun way to challenge yourself and support your swim team.

Adult learn-to-swim lessons

  • In January and February 2019, the Nickel City Splash Masters Swim Team is offering quality, $5 swimming lessons for any adult who wants to learn how to swim and be safe in and around the water. Our instructors care about helping you reach YOUR goals. If you're looking to learn how to swim for your first triathlon, scuba diving adventure, open water swim, canoeing or kayaking, or fitness, the Nickel City Swim Team invites you to join us and take advantage of this great opportunity. Register here (
  • The lessons are for those that cannot swim at all, need to learn breathing techniques, want to swim laps for fitness and or triathlons. All lessons will be taught by trained, adult instructors who are passionate about working with you to accomplish your swimming goals. Swim lessons are for adults 18 years and older. Here is the lesson information:

Membership and activities

Nickel City Splash is a Masters swim team

We are sanctioned by United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and affiliated with the Women's Varsity Swim Team at the University at Buffalo. We provide coached workouts at UB's Alumni Pool, and we enter Alumni Arena through the back door (on the side of the building which faces the stadium).

Normal practice schedule

  • Tuesday and Thursday morning from 6:00 am to 7:15 am
  • Wednesday and Friday 12-1
  • Saturday from 6:30 am to 8:00 am

Be sure to check your e-mail and this page for updates and cancellations!

How you can join

  • Show up for practice (map) and ask the coach for a two-week trial. The coach will ask you about your swimming background and level and suggest a lane for you to try out. Your lanemates will be very helpful in providing additional information.
  • Join by filling out the team registration form and paying your dues either by check made payable to the UB Foundation (which saves the team money) or online (see below for amounts).
  • Independent Health Members can use their Health Extras Card. Our registration site is ready to accept Health Plus cards. Please follow the instructions to register online and use the card as you would a normal credit card.
  • Join USMS — this is mandatory for all participants
  • Join the team Facebook group and subscribe to the team listserv by sending an e-mail to with the following message, substituting your actual name for "First Name Last Name," obviously:

sub rai-nickelcity-list First Name Last Name

The e-mail account from which you send the above message will be the one which receives listserv messages from the team. If you have difficulty getting subscribed, or want to quit the list or change your e-mail address, please send e-mail to the web tyrant.

2018-2019 Team Fee

Annual membership: $425 for 3-5 workouts/week or $315 for 1-2 workouts/week
Single-term membership: $225 for 3-5 workouts/week or $185 for 1-2 workouts/week
Daily drop-in fee (cash on deck only) $10

Annual memberships are always due on or before October 1st. Single Term Fees are due October 1, February 1, and June 1.

Pay your dues either by check made payable to the UB Foundation or online

In conjunction with dues, you must keep your USMS membership up to date. 2019 USMS registration is available November 1.

When you register with USMS please be sure to register in the Niagara LMSC and under the team NICK - Nickel City Splash.

Swimmers who join the team mid-season will have their first dues payment pro-rated until the next annual or seasonal due date.

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